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The shortest path from A to B is a straight line, but is it the best road? After 13 years as an expat, I’m back in Melbourne, Australia, with time to look at where I’ve been, where I’m going and why the heck I haven’t published that novel yet. The protagonist in my work in progress is an expat blogger, so I figured I better get some firsthand experience with my own blog. When the time is right, I look forward to introducing you to Tara Scott.

The Story So Far …

STARTING TO WRITE … Baby Steps is about deciding to become a writer. The Value of Failure shares my frustrations on the way to publication. “Failure isn’t a permanent state. What counts is how you respond when staring down the jaws of defeat.” The Adventures of Sexy Legs and Pipsqueak discusses the power of having writing buddies and using writing resources. This is followed up in the Curtis Brown Creative Guest Blog29 Brown Street describes the three levels of edits—structural, line and copy. The Writer’s Hour is a fun look at how time vanishes when writing.

THE NIGERIAN ADVENTURE … In Sunrise Court I discuss my move to Nigeria and the value of saying it out loud, “I am a writer.” Ishahayi Beach School Foundation describes how IBSF began and how we built a school. Then I give Four Tips for Surviving Compound Life. In Tales from Lagos I discuss the editing process for Nigerian Gems and then I give My Top Four Editing TipsFeminism and the Expat Spouse examines my quandary of leaving my job to become an expat spouse and Career and the Expat Spouse continues this discussion.

INTERVIEWS … I chat with people I admire who have changed jobs or countries and have their own winding narratives. First cab off the rank is Susan Bradfield: From Physiotherapist to Photographer.

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